Farmers Urged To Attend Iowa Nutrient Management Field Days

Farmers Urged To Attend Iowa Nutrient Management Field Days

Nutrient management field days will be held near Woolstock & Webster City Aug. 27 and Gilmore City Sept. 10.

Iowa Learning Farms, along with Practical Farmers of Iowa and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, will host a nutrient management field day Tuesday, Aug. 27, beginning at 4 p.m. The field day will focus on soil health using cover crops, reduced tillage and nutrient management in the Boone River Watershed.

This field day will be held at two sites. The first site will be at the Arliss Nielsen farm, 3150 Hancock Ave., north of Woolstock. The field day will then move to Larry Haren's farm near Webster City, at 1387 Kendall Young Road. This August 27 event is free and open to the public.

POLLUTION SOLUTIONS: Nutrient management will be the focus of these field days. You can learn about no-till, strip tillage, cover crops, bioreactors, precision nitrogen application, drainage water management and more. Officials of the Iowa Department of Agriculture

Nutrient management will be the focus at the Arliss Nielsen farm. Also, Wright County farmer Tim Smith will discuss strip tillage, cover crops and bioreactors used in his farming operation. It is planned that Hagie Manufacturing will have a nitrogen toolbar/cover crop bar demonstration. Host Arliss Nielsen will share his experiences with no-till, nutrient management, a bioreactor, and drainage water management on his farm. Jim Gillespie, Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship, will provide information on the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

Fall cover crop seeding, growing cover crops for seed and using new tools to help farmers with nutrient management will be discussed

The field day will then move to the Larry Haren farm site. Attendees will take an in-depth look at cover crops. Haren will share his success using cover crops on his farm. A PFI staff member will discuss fall cover crop seeding and growing cover crops for seed; with the possibility of an aerial seeding demonstration. Bruce Voigts and Emily Funk, Natural Resources Conservation Service, will discuss the SPAD chlorophyll meter and the Fieldprint Calculator tools for nutrient management. The field day will conclude with a complimentary supper.~~~PAGE_BREAK_HERE~~~

Pivotal partners working together with the watershed residents to improve water quality in the Boone River Watershed include: Coca-Cola, The Nature Conservancy, Iowa Soybean Association, Walmart, Cargill, Monsanto, Iowa Corn Growers Association, EcoSystem Services Exchange, Agri-Drain Corp., Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship-Division of Soil Conservation, Wright and Hamilton Counties Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The Arliss Nielsen farm is at 3150 Hancock Ave. From Woolstock, travel north on Hancock Ave. (gravel) 1.5 miles. The field day site is at the corner of Hancock Ave. and 315th Street. The Larry Haren site is located at 1387 Kendall Young Road, just outside northeast Webster City. From the Nielsen farm, follow R33 south to highway D20. Turn left (east) and go approximately 1.75 miles to Kantor Ave. Turn right (south) and travel to Kendall Young Road, turn right and go one mile to the Haren farmstead.

Iowa Learning Farms will co-host this Sept. 10 field day which will discuss nutrient reduction management

A field day will be held near Gilmore City at the Drainage Research and Demonstration Project site on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 5-7 p.m. The field day will focus on agricultural practices that can reduce nutrients leaving the field for better water quality.

The field day is free and open to the public. A complimentary light supper will be served prior to the program. Iowa Learning Farms, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship and the Cropping Systems Coordinated Agricultural Project are sponsors for this event.~~~PAGE_BREAK_HERE~~~

The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy offers practices that farmers can use on their land to reduce nitrogen and other nutrients in water runoff, keeping nutrients on the field for crop use and out of the streams and rivers. The field day agenda includes an overview of the NRS science assessment by Matt Helmers, Iowa State University agricultural and biosystems engineer; and Shawn Richmond, IDALS Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, or CREP, coordinator.

Wetlands and their performance in reducing nitrogen and phosphorus runoff will be discussed

ISU professor of wetland ecology Bill Crumpton will discuss wetlands and their performance in reducing nitrogen runoff, along with Matt Lechtenberg, CREP specialist with IDALS. Aaron Daigh, post-doctoral research associate in the ISU Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering department, will talk about soil moisture, tillage systems and cover crops. ISU agricultural specialist Carl Pedersen will discuss cover crop management. The event wraps up with field and wetland tours.

The Gilmore City research site located two miles west of Gilmore City on Highway 3, then one mile north on 320th Avenue and then one-half mile west on 510th Street. This research site was established over 20 years ago, focusing on agricultural drainage wells and has expanded to include water quality issues related to tile drained lands.

Iowa Learning Farms takes a grassroots approach offering innovative ways to help all Iowans have an active role in keeping our state's natural resources healthy and not take them for granted. A goal of Iowa Learning Farms is to build a Culture of Conservation, encouraging the adoption of residue management and conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best in-field management practices that increase water and soil quality while remaining profitable.

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